Let's Appreciate V-Neck T-Shirts

8.28.2014

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate the glorious simplicity of the understated-yet-always-stylish v-neck t-shirt? Like, forrrreal you guys. When I was younger and was a dancer, I remember seeing some older dancers wearing a v-neck shirt on top of their sports bra and dance shorts and thinking to myself, "They are SO cool." Ever since that moment, v-neck shirts have been a staple in my wardrobe. I am a supremely lazy dresser, and knowing I can just slap a v-neck on and have it pair with just about anything in my closet makes me a very happy girl.

But not all v-neck shirts are made equal. If I had a nickel for every time I blindly ordered a v-neck online and had it fit terribly, I'd have like, six nickels. For me, I'm all about trying to conceal my midsection since I have a very short torso and all the weight I gain tends to go straight to my gut, so I tend to favor oversized and slouchy v-necks. My absolute favorite v-neck is the Madewell Slub V-Neck, which is featured in the photo above from my Instagram. It's really soft, comfortable, and flattering and doesn't reveal to much cleavage.

And here's a bonus: one of my favorite digital shorts from Saturday Night Live about dudes wearing v-necks. Slightly inappropriate for you youngin's reading!


How do you feel about v-necks? Do you have any other wardrobe essentials?

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Do You Apply Mascara To Your Bottom Lashes?

8.25.2014

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A few years ago, Clinique released a mascara made especially for your bottom eyelashes, which some touted as being revolutionary, while others thought it was a useless gimmick. I don't know about you, but I totally jumped on board with that gimmick and shelled out $10 for a tiny tube of mascara made especially for my lower lashes. And you know what? It was great. The mascara didn't smudge or flake off, and really defined my lower lashes.

Fast forward a few years, and I just use my regular mascara for my bottom lashes, mainly because I'm just too lazy to buy a separate mascara for my bottom lashes. I'm really liking the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara. It really defines those bottom lashes and it doesn't really budge throughout the day. While I was talking to some of my girlfriends about mascara, several of them mentioned how they don't wear mascara on their bottom lashes at all because they just don't want to deal with the possibility of having raccoon eyes. I get it! I will admit that when I know I'm going to be out all day in the hot and humid weather, I'll skip the mascara on the bottom lashes, too.

With all of that being said, what about you? Do you wear mascara on your lower lashes, or do you skip it? Or are you like me and just skip it when you know you'll be in the heat for a long amount of time?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 28

8.24.2014

Happy Sunday! It's been a pretty bleak and uninspired week over in my neck of the woods, but not to fear! I'm feeling a bit more productive this weekend so that's always a good sign. Anyway, here's what you've missed!

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

// Jamming Out //

So by now, you probably know how obsessed I am with Kimbra. She just released her sophomore album, The Golden Echo, and you guys... it is perfection. It is such a unique and imaginative album that pays tribute to music greats such as Michael Jackson and Prince, and it is truly a sonic masterpiece. If you're not fully convinced, you can stream the whole album on Spotify. I recommend the deluxe edition, since the bonus tracks are AMAZING. I cannot recommend this album enough.


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What Do You Do When You're Lacking Inspiration?

8.20.2014

These past couple of weeks I have been lacking some much-needed motivation and inspiration to do anything beauty related. It's been a struggle even putting makeup on in the mornings! I'm thinking that this is all because I'm still in vacation mode, which is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing part is that I'm feeling really relaxed and am taking time to do the "little things" that I enjoy, but the curse of it is that I legitimately have no desire to do anything blog-related. It's terrible! All aboard the struggle bus, amiright?!

So this leads me to ask... what do you do when you find yourself lacking inspiration? Are there any websites you like to go to, or places you like to visit? Any tips would be much appreciated, as I haven't been in this bad of a rut in a very long time. Happy Wednesday, ya'll!

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 27

8.17.2014

Happy Sunday, ya'll! This week I was at- take a wild guess- Disney World! I took a mini staycation there with my younger sister before she (le gasp) starts high school. Ugh, so weird! And as for this weekend, I've managed to start binge watching Friday Night Lights. My obsession is not healthy, ya'll. I'm even adopting a Southern accent! Oyyy. Anyway, here's what you've missed...

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

  • Here's the 4-1-1 on interacting with bloggers, including advice from yours truly. (Beauty Judy)
  • Next on my travel bucket list: Wynwood in Miami. (Shikshin)
  • Kypris Beauty's secret ingredient? Spoiler: it's love. (312 Beauty)
  • A very handy guide to the best drugstore beauty products. (Hairspray & Highheels)

// Jamming Out //

I grew up listening to Donna Summer and disco music in general, so imagine my surprise when I start listening to the band Johnnyswim and I discover that the wife in this husband-wife duo, Amanda, is the daughter of Donna Summer. That totally sealed the deal for me! I'm a huge fan of this band, and I am a huge fan of this song, "Diamonds".


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6 Reasons You Need To Buy The Too Faced Melted Lipsticks

8.12.2014

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Too Faced debuted these liquid lipsticks earlier this year, and boy was there hype. I've never been a fan of liquid lipsticks, so I declined on trying these when they first came out. Now, I'm not one to listen to hype, but my GOD were these hyped up. Everyone I knew was raving about these. Even non-beauty blogger friends of mine. I think that's when I knew I had to go out and try these, and then I made the plunge when the makeup gods floated an Ulta 15% off coupon into my hands. It was destiny! The moral of this story is: don't be like me. Stop what you're doing, and buy the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks. Not fully convinced? Here are six reasons you need to do the deed:
  1. The pigmentation on these babies are craaazy good. The two lipsticks I picked up were Melted Nude and Melted Berry (one of the new ones for Fall). You only need the smallest amount for it to be fully opaque!
  2. While you may associate liquid lipsticks with having a liquid-y appearance to them, fear not: these dry matte. If you want a little shine, just add some gloss on top!
  3. They are really long wearing. These are no joke. I was pleasantly surprised. Even the nude shade stays on for a long amount of time, though not as long as the berry shade. I didn't calculate the longevity of these, but if I had to guess, the nude stayed on for about five hours and the berry stayed on for about 7-8 hours. 
  4. They sit comfortably on the lips. The thing with most long wearing lipsticks is that they make your lips feel really dry and uncomfortable. Not these!
  5. They don't accentuate dry lips. I've read some people complaining about how these accentuate dry, flaky lips, but I haven't had any issues with that. And I have dry, flaky lips!
  6. The packaging is really nice. The applicator is a really great sponge-tip which applies the lip color nice and evenly.
Convinced yet? You should be! Now excuse me as I run to Sephora to pick up the rest of the colors. I can't stop! Have you tried the Melted lipsticks yet?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 26

8.10.2014

Happy Sunday! I hope you've all had a great week and an even greater weekend. This week, I was working a temp job full time, so I was severely lacking in the blogging department. But while I've been busy, I've also been planning some really great things for this blog. Something to look forward to: a Brikasia newsletter! It will be an easier way to keep up with the going-ons of this blog, and will also feature some exciting and exclusive content. Awww yea! Anyway, here's what you've missed...

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

// Jamming Out //

I've been jamming out to this song by British artist Saint Raymond. Sooo good.

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Weekend Getaway Essentials

8.09.2014

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by U by Kotex.
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I have been incredibly busy recently, to the point where I'm fairly sure I'm just going to burn out and get the flu or some other disease that will knock me out of my routine for a few weeks. Terrible, right? So when U by Kotex asked me about where I would go on a dream weekend getaway and what I'd bring with me, I started daydreaming of all the possibilities. Even if I can't actually go on this getaway... Planning it out in my head is helping me veer away from the child star breakdown road I was heading towards, if ya catch my drift. Ultimately, I decided I would ~mentally~ venture out to Miami Beach and just chill at the beach (or any beach that doesn't contain flesh-eating bacteria, thankyouverymuch).

So what would I bring with me on my beach getaway? Truly, I only need a few essentials: a makeup bag filled with my foundation, concealer, brow pencil, mascara and lipstick, my favorite Maaji swimsuit, and the obvious: loads of sunscreen. And because you can never be too prepared, my trusty U by Kotex pads will always be stashed in my travel bag. Because forrrreal. Sometimes Mother Nature likes making surprise visits when it's the most inconvenient for you.

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The nice thing about the U by Kotex pads is their 3D Capture Core. I don't have to worry about any accidents when I have these pads on. And hyellllo, the packaging is adorable. I wouldn't be embarrassed if someone looked in my bag and saw these!
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What would you bring with you on your dream weekend getaway? PS- click here to order your free samples of U by Kotex pads!

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How To DIY Your Own Eyeliner

8.05.2014

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Do you have a broken eyeshadow or loose pigment that you don't really know what to do with? Don't throw it out! There are a plethora of uses for broken eyeshadows and loose pigments. If you remember in my informative post about eyeliner formulations, I mentioned that I would show you guys how to create your own eyeliner. Well, I can tell you this: it's super easy and is a great way to make use of broken eyeshadows (or loose pigments!). Click through for the full tutorial! Don't worry, it's super easy and is something even an amateur at makeup can do.. I swear!

Weekend Wrap Up // No. 25

8.03.2014

Happy Sunday! It's been a pretty productive week here at Brikasia HQ, which you can probably tell since I've gone back to posting three times a week! (I hope I didn't just jinx that ha!). Anyway, last weekend I was in- you guessed it- Disney World in Florida, and while it was grotesquely hot, it wasn't too crowded! What a rare feat! This weekend, however, I'm at home, sick in bed. Well, I guess this is my body's way of telling me to slow down. Whatevz! Here's what you missed...

// The Latest on Brikasia //

// The List //

// Jamming Out //

I've sort of been on a retro kick lately, so needless to say, I'm a huge fan of this song by Janelle Monae. And the music video is pretty rad, too. I just wanna dance!

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What have you been up to lately? Any music recommendations?

 

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